the sweetness children's museum by SPORTS collaborative the sweetness children's museum by SPORTS collaborative
apr 01, 2014

the sweetness children's museum by SPORTS collaborative

the sweetness children’s museum by SPORTS collaborative
all images courtesy of SPORTS collaborative





SPORTS collaborative has designed a proposal for the louisville children’s museum competition, in kentucky, with a colorful twisted volume. a building dedicated to the interests of children, the focus of ‘the sweetness’ is to create a novel architectural expression of fun, delight and amusement by exploring something kids find irresistible – candy. unlike other children’s museums that simply utilize literal interpretations of objects children find interesting (dinosaurs, airplanes, etc) in the architecture, the project leverages the qualities and characteristics latent in candy as a precedent for architectural expressions of atmosphere, program and form. by considering such qualities as gumminess, softness, color, translucency, and texture, the structure provides a stimulating experience for children, parents, and even the larger urban community.

exterior view of ‘the sweetness’ from the urban plaza



interior rendering of the ‘learn’ level


rendering of the ‘play’ level




floor plan (level 1)


floor plan (level 2)


floor plan (level 3)


floor plan (level 4)


section drawing



concept diagrams




project info:


project title: the sweetness
architect: sports
program: louisville children’s museum competition entry
location: louisville, kentucky
competition date: 2014




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  • UIC strikes again…( Sports Collaborative teaches @ the University of Illinois-Chicago )
    ALL plan, no section.
    I hope the children like their parking structure museum.
    To end on a positive note, the concept diagrams were made by actual children.

    will regrets says:

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